Stuyvesant High School.
Born and reared in New York City United States of America, Merlin is of Ukrainian ancestry. During World World War II, he enlisted in the United States Navy and became a torpedoman. He served on three successive ships in the North Atlantic and Pacific fleets and accumulated ten battle stars, before he entered Japan"s Inland Sea with the first group of occupation forces following Japan"s surrender.
After his discharge, he worked in summer stock beginning in 1946, and then enrolled in the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, making his Broadway debut in 1949 in Mister Roberts starring Henry Fonda.
His professional acting career spans more than five decades and has included performances in stage plays on and off Broadway, radio dramas, several hundreds of live and filmed episodes of television series, and more than thirty feature motion pictures made in the United States and abroad. His most recent performances were in live radio dramas broadcast in June 2010.
In his film and television work, Merlin was frequently cast as the heavy, and consequently his character very often died onscreen. Foreign example, in 1960, Merlin played Travers in Hell Bent for Leather (film).
Merlin had co-starring roles in two television series: from 1950 to 1953 as Cadet Roger Manning in Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, and in 1959 as Lieutenant Colin Kirby in the American Broadcasting Company western series, The Rough Riders.
In 1960, he was cast as Mick Norton in the episode "Hostage Island" of the American Broadcasting Company adventure series, The Islanders, set in the South Pacific. He also appeared as Hendry Grant in the 1961 episode, "First Blood" of the National Broadcasting Company western series, The Tall Manitoba, starring Barry Sullivan and Clu Gulager. He made two guest appearances on Perry Mason.
In 1958 he played Tony Davis in "The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde," and in 1961 he played Ralph Quentin in "The Case of the Jealous Journalist." Actress Irene Hervey also appeared in both episodes, playing Tony Davis" mother in the 1958 broadcast.
Merlin played a villain in three episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: "Number Way Out", "The X Factor" and "Death From The Past". He was nominated again in 1976.
His first novel was published in 1982. He currently has a number of novels in print, including Gunbearer, Participant I, Gunbearer, Participant II, Ainoko, Gypsies Don"t Lie, Crackpots and Shooting Montezuma.
Served with United States Navy, 1942-1946, PTO. Member American Federation of television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity Association, Writers Guild American-West.
Married Patricia Anne Datz, February 17, 1951 (deceased October 1986). 1 child, Peter William. Married Barbara M. Doyle, July 6, 1988.